Aug 16, 2022 | offshore marine news

Propulsion system supplier Steerprop of Finland has announced a major order for a complete propulsion package for a Wind Installation Vessel (WIV) being built by Singapore-based Sembcorp Marine for Maersk Supply Service of Denmark.

Steerprop specialists worked in close cooperation with Sembcorp Marine throughout the design process.

Olli Knihti, Sales Manager Steerprop, said: “At Steerprop, we are committed to working closely with our customers during the design stages of each project. This collaboration enables the optimal solution for the specific application and operational conditions to be created. This project emphasises our capabilities to deliver a broad package of high quality solutions that meet the latest design requirements and operational needs. We are also able to support customers throughout the lifecycle of the vessel with our Resolve to Perform approach.”

 The company’s scope of supply includes six Steerprop ducted L-drive azimuth propulsors with an output power of 4500kW and two 900kW Steerprop Tunnel Thrusters for dynamic positioning, manoeuvring, and transit operations. To support safe and reliable operations with low lifecycle costs, Steerprop Care condition monitoring is included as part of the package.

The jack-up type WIV features a novel design with a load transfer system patented by Maersk Supply Service. The design takes into consideration the need to operate safely and efficiently in the harsh sea conditions the vessel is likely to face while serving the Empire Offshore Wind project off the eastern coast of the USA. This set up high requirements for the propulsion effectiveness and reliability, which Steerprop was able to demonstrate.

SVP Sembcorp Marine Rigs and Floaters, Wong Teck Cheong said: “In collaboration with Maersk Supply Service, Sembcorp Marine will design and build a WIV capable of operating at a high level of efficiency and to handle the next generation of wind turbines which are scaled up in size with longer and lighter rotor blades and taller towers. The vessel is designed to cope with the installation of bigger structures and to ensure operational efficiency for wind turbine installations. The Steerprop thrusters will play an essential role in enabling this efficiency.”

Frederik Smidth, CTO Maersk Supply Service, concluded: “At Maersk Supply Service, we are committed to using our capabilities and mindset to supporting the development of the offshore wind sector. This innovative concept builds on our maritime expertise to ensure a more efficient installation of wind parks. Central to efficient operations will be the thruster package to be delivered by Steerprop, who have a strong track record in the offshore sector, and we look forward to a positive collaboration with them.”

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